Today, I posted an article about Rick Perry’s announcement that he’s running for president. Not big news, we all expected him to run, but what incensed me this morning were some of the grossly ignorant comments that were made on the national sites carrying the story.
Here’s one: “Rick Perry needs to learn that having two sweaty security guards next to him at his Prez Bid Announcement is horrible optics.”
Obviously, the ignorant Perry-basher was unaware that the two “sweaty security guards” to Perry’s right and left were the Luttrell brothers, Marcus and Morgan. Both Navy Seals, Marcus was the sole survivor of Operation Red Wings and the subject of a bestselling book and popular movie called Lone Survivor.
This brief passage from Red State explains the relationship between Perry and Marcus Luttrell:
Before he became immortalized as the “Lone Survivor,” a Navy SEAL who escaped a 2005 Taliban ambush on a mountain slope in Afghanistan, Marcus Luttrell was a broken man in search of a haven.
He found it one day in spring 2007 when, struggling to recover his body and mind and with the horrors of war still raw, he showed up unannounced at the Texas governor’s mansion and asked to see Rick Perry.
Over the ensuing months, a virtual father-son relationship blossomed, the two men said. The governor and his wife, Anita, helped bring Luttrell back to health. Perry used the power of his office to find Luttrell a spine surgeon to fix his back. The Perrys gave him a spare bedroom — “I was the creepy guy in the attic,” Luttrell recalled. The governor took him bass fishing, the first lady counseled him about his love life and, as Luttrell became famous — first with a best-selling memoir, “Lone Survivor” and later in the movie adaptation — they were his rock.
“When I came into the Perry family, it was one of those deals where it was the only family I had,” said Luttrell, who was born in Houston and grew up in Texas near the Oklahoma border. “I didn’t have that father figure growing up like that, somebody who genuinely cared about me. . . . Governor Perry taught me how to be a good man.”
Luttell being a white male combat veteran — and neither gay nor transexual — apparently caused some confusion among the leftist observers.
And Marcus’ twin brother, Morgan Luttrell was also a Navy SEAL. Morgan enlisted in the Navy, later got his college degree while serving in the Navy, went to OCS, and then became a SEAL officer. Morgan retired from the Navy and is currently a brain researcher while pursuing an advanced degree in applied cognition.
It’s no wonder that the left didn’t recognize real men. Have you taken a good look at what many women today consider a “man”? They’re bearded, anorexic, couldn’t lift a gun to defend themselves if their lives depended on it and they’re too ‘gentle’ anyway. The men on that platform simply didn’t fit with the image of today’s “man.”
The MEN on that platform (Perry included) were sweating because of the temperature (over 90) and humidity in that Dallas hangar – that’s what a real man does when it’s hot and humid.
The men on that platform included other military veterans (including WWII vets) and have the distinction of serving their country in times of war – unlike today’s “metrosexual” male models that grace our television and movie screens.
One commenter got it right when explaining why the left didn’t recognize any of the true heroes on the stage with Perry, “It’s Perry’s fault for not standing next to real, recognizable heroes, like the Olympics guy who got breast implants.”
And here’s another who got it right: “Thank you Governor for putting these guys front and center where they belong, not having them asked to fetch drinks by the likes of Valerie Jarrett.” Or hold an umbrella over Obama.
There, I feel a little better now.